Ontario’s Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault was in Port Hope February 8, 2017 and delivered a speech to the local Chamber of Commerce. Based on a few of his quotes appearing in the local paper, Northumberland Today, he needs basic training in the electricity system. Clearly, he doesn’t get it.
The article said, “Except for one question from the floor at the Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce event, all of the queries from chamber members to Thibeault were solicited and chosen prior to his arrival.” I guess he needed help from bureaucrats in the Ministry to ensure he could answer the questions!
Looking at one of the Minister’s quotes along with a message from his speech, one is blown away by what appears to be either ignorance or fabrications he thinks ratepayers will believe.
“Thibeault supported the refurbishment of nuclear power plants in Ontario, a 30% source of power in this province, he said.” Nuclear refurbishment was approved prior to Thibeault’s appointment so that’s a meaningless message. But it also failed to deliver the correct facts!
According to IESO, while the capacity of nuclear was only 30% it produced 61% of total generation in 2016 and 67% (91.7 TWh) of Ontario’s total demand of 137 TWh (terawatts).
The quote that makes absolutely no sense is his remark, “We really have built the system of the future with yesterday’s dollars,” he said.” Was he suggesting “yesterday’s dollars” were money in the bank already? If so,
Why have electricity rates risen over 100% under this government?
Why does Ontario have the highest electricity rates in Canada?
Why does Ontario have the fastest rising rates in North America? And
Why were almost 567,000 households (12% of households) in arrears on their electricity bills as of December 31, 2015?
We could go on and on about the damage done to the electricity system in the province by the current government meaning, the Thibeault’s claim “yesterday’s dollars” were used to “build the system of the future” is either a bogus boast or an outright lie.
The time has come for the Minister of Energy to admit his and his predecessor’s mistakes, and get some basic training.